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Barber IndyCar test: Power leads Montoya in all-Penske top three

Will Power, Penske, Barber IndyCar testing 2014

Will Power beat Penske team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya to the fastest time of a shortened first day of IndyCar testing at Barber Motorsports Park on Monday.

The Australian, a three-time runner-up in the series, posted a best time of 1m07.6492s to emerge on top in a session that was cut to half of the scheduled seven hours of work because of poor visibility in the morning.

Power led a Penske 1-2-3 on the opening day, with Montoya an impressive second as he continues his preparations for his return to single-seater racing.

The Colombian was less than a tenth off Power's pace, with Helio Castroneves completing Penske's domination in third position.

"I'm trying to learn how to get more out of the car and we're getting there," said Montoya at the end of the day.

"It was good today, but there's a couple of places that I need to do a little better job and be a little cleaner, but we're getting there."

Reigning champion Scott Dixon was the quickest non-Penske driver in fourth for Ganassi, while AJ Foyt Racing's Takuma Sato rounded up the top five in the fastest Honda-powered car.

Ryan Briscoe was sixth quickest in the second Ganassi car, ahead of Justin Wilson, Simon Pagenaud, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay, who completed the top 10.

The day had three stoppages caused by Mikhail Aleshin, Graham Rahal and Sebastien Bourdais, who crashed at Turn 6, the Frenchman finishing at the bottom of the times.

The test finishes on Tuesday.

Pos  Driver              Team/Engine      Time        Gap       Laps
 1.  Will Power          Penske/Chevy     1m07.6492s            48
 2.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Penske/Chevy     1m07.7170s  +0.0678s  55
 3.  Helio Castroneves   Penske/Chevy     1m07.7214s  +0.0722s  51
 4.  Scott Dixon         Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.8225s  +0.1733s  40
 5.  Takuma Sato         Foyt/Honda       1m07.8619s  +0.2127s  39
 6.  Ryan Briscoe        Ganassi/Chevy    1m07.8834s  +0.2342s  44
 7.  Justin Wilson       Coyne/Honda      1m07.8863s  +0.2371s  31
 8.  Simon Pagenaud      Schmidt/Honda    1m08.0682s  +0.4190s  35
 9.  James Hinchcliffe   Andretti/Honda   1m08.1629s  +0.5137s  32
10.  Ryan Hunter-Reay    Andretti/Honda   1m08.3194s  +0.6702s  30
11.  Charlie Kimball     Ganassi/Chevy    1m08.3209s  +0.6717s  41
12.  Tony Kanaan         Ganassi/Chevy    1m08.3254s  +0.6762s  42
13.  Mike Conway         Carpenter/Chevy  1m08.4734s  +0.8242s  42
14.  Graham Rahal        Rahal/Honda      1m08.4907s  +0.8415s  37
15.  Josef Newgarden     Fisher/Honda     1m08.5798s  +0.9306s  25
16.  Sebastian Saavedra  KV/Chevy         1m08.6539s  +1.0047s  50
17.  Marco Andretti      Andretti/Honda   1m08.6688s  +1.0196s  28
18.  Mikhail Aleshin     Schmidt/Honda    1m08.7296s  +1.0804s  28
19.  Jack Hawksworth     Herta/Honda      1m08.9223s  +1.2731s  36
20.  Carlos Munoz        Andretti/Honda   1m08.9299s  +1.2807s  42
21.  Oriol Servia        Rahal/Honda      1m09.2164s  +1.5672s  7
22.  Sebastien Bourdais  KV/Chevy         1m09.6668s  +2.0176s  11
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